Sichuan Zao Bei Jian

This tea has been retired/discontinued. Formerly ZK55.

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Zao Bei Jian
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Sichuan, China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 9, 2018

Commercial Description

An extremely well made special tea from Sichuan (Szechuan) province. One of the finest black teas available today. Reddish liquor, clean taste, mellow flavor. Exquisite!

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

2¼ g/cup, 212ºF, 3-5 min.

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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
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My first tea from Sichuan.

Surprisingly strong aroma like concord grapes, very different from the lighter muscatel aroma of Darjeeling or Bai Hao oolong. Smoky and woody tones in the aroma. Smooth, with a slightly dusty finish, and a hint of some floral nuances.

A very interesting tea and a very smooth tea. Full-bodied. I normally like black teas to have more bite to them, but I found this one pleasing even though it was smoother.

I recommend brewing more strongly than Upton recommends...this tea does not become bitter at all if brewed as instructed; if you use a bit more leaf and a longer brewing period it takes on a pleasing bitterness more typical of a good black tea.

Not the cheapest tea in Upton's catalog but I think exceptional value for a tea of this quality. This tea is interesting to try for something new, but I can see it becoming a regular favorite for many people as well.
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